A very short story and some snaps

I don’t know…whatever

“Damn it Dick, the whole world’s goin’ to hell in a handbasket, and all you want to do is take photos of things we’ve all already seen—I mean sidewalks and sunlight and shit–and drink cheap tequila on the rocks in bars that claim to be either Black or Irish.”

‘Dick,’ Goldberg thought. Seventy-five fucking years old and he still couldn’t be sure if he was being called by a nickname name or a body part. “So show me a Jewish bar in New York–a real one. I don’t mean one that’s just owned by a Jew. Latanzzi’s is owned by a Jew. Maison Fou Fou is owned by a Jew.”

“You mean ‘Frou Frou.’”

“Whatever. Just show me one where there’s Klezmer music on the box—not Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme or the Non-Nazi Clams.“

“And batter fried lox-wings with cream cheese dip?”

“Yeah, cream cheese fuckin’ dip twelve for a dozen!” Dick and Ron stared at each other, silent for the moment, then raised their glasses.

Death to the Kaiser!

And there it was, the toast of great and total healing, the eraser obliterating whatever grief each—however smiling—might have caused the other in the preceding fifteen minutes of lunacy projected as fact.

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And now for some photos of things we’ve all seen.

Verdi Square

Verdi Square

 

Rain & leaves 5

Rain & leaves

 

Madison Av & low 80's

Madison Av & low 80’s

 

Bow Bridge Central Park

Bow Bridge Central Park

 

Central Park snow

Central Park snow

 

Magic Hour

Magic Hour

 

Midtown from Reservoir

Midtown from Reservoir

 

The Ramble

The Ramble

 

Chambers Street

Chambers Street

 

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  1. WONDERFUL PHOTOS!

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  2. Great photos and stories. I have shared them with a dozen friends.

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  3. Great eye; fine words.

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  4. From Annie:

    Always love your pics! Thanks!

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  5. From Marge:

    I love this, Richard. Thanks. (Particularly loved the sentiment that when retired, vacation is something to do.) But, really, this is good stuff.

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  6. From Barbara S:

    Lovely photos

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  7. From Peter:

    You have some terrific pix here, Rick/Dick. If I was forced to choose, I’d pick the one from Wellington.

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  8. From Theresa:

    nice photos!

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  9. Dick Goldberg you’ve always been more than a body part to Hartfordites. As always your prose and photos reflecting the wisdom of our years are mellow.
    “One Love”-William Moses (Lew) Brown.

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  10. That is one very short story, indeed! Imbued with your usual wit and not a little mischief! Love it! And I love the pics, especially Madison Avenue and leaves in the rain. Keep doing what you’re doing! Valerie

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  11. From Betty:

    Terrific NYC photos in the latest blog.

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  12. From Tobi:

    Hi Richard

    Your photos are wonderful!! You see our everyday world in a new and magic way.

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  13. From Letitia:

    Thank you very much Richard!

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  14. Wonderful images, esp the ones of central park – the one of the rambles with the small figures of people – amazing
    Got a good book recently you might enjoy – Japan, season by season – by Sandrine Bailly. Poetry, paintings, illustrations and photos
    Might just look it up on Amazon and go thru some pages there.
    A friend (Ted Forbes) has a youtube site called ‘The art of photography’ which you might also enjoy.
    Les

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  15. Enjoyable as usual.

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